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by Catherine Blumsom
"Virtually every book published as a guide to genealogical searching contains a chapter on civil registration. It is, after all, a major nineteenth- and twentieth-century source providing the 'vital statistics' essential to any search.
At first sight, the subject seems fairly straightforward, since there are only three categories of records to consider (births, deaths and marriages) and there are rules and regulations governing the registration of each type of event.
In practice, however, it can prove difficult to pick one's way through the system, especially with regard to the present-day location of the records and to the cheapest and most efficient ways of obtaining the necessary information."
In this article, the author goes over their personal experience with civil registration, and highlights some of the quirks and anomalies that may be encountered in the course of genealogical research.